The Speeches of the Hon. T. Erskine (now Lord Erskine): When at the Bar, on Subjects Connected with Liberty of the Press, and Against Constructive Treasons, Volume 1

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James Ridgway
J. Ridgway, 1813 - Freedom of the press

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Page 349 - To say that corrupt officers are appointed to administer affairs is certainly a reflection on the government. If people should not be called to account for possessing the people with an ill opinion of the government, no government can subsist. For it is very necessary for all governments that the people should have a good opinion of it.
Page 383 - Provided always, that on every such trial the court or judge before whom such indictment or information shall be tried, shall, according to their or his discretion, give their or his opinion and directions to the jury on the matter in issue between the king and the defendant or defendants, in like manner as in other criminal cases.
Page 350 - ... people with an ill opinion of the government, no government can subsist, for it is very necessary for all governments that the people should have a good opinion of it. And nothing can be worse to any government than to endeavor to procure animosities; as to the management of it, this has been always looked upon as a crime, and no government can be safe without it be punished.
Page 383 - ENACTED, that, On every Such trial, the jury sworn to try the issue may give a general verdict of guilty or not guilty upon the whole matter put in issue...
Page 350 - Now, you are to consider whether these words I have read to you do not tend to beget an ill opinion of the administration of the Government ; to tell us that those that are employed know nothing of the matter, and those that do know are not employed ; men are not adapted to offices, but offices to men, out of a particular regard to their interest, and not to their fitness for the places. This is the purport of these papers.
Page 94 - ... fabrication to give the show of correctness to his evidence, attacked him with a shrewdness for which he was wholly unprepared. You remember the witness had said that he always took notes when he attended any meetings where he expected their deliberations might be attended with dangerous consequences. " Give me one instance," says Mr Kenyon, " in the whole course of your life, where you ever took notes before.
Page 135 - ... the indictment - — my task is finished. I shall make no address to your passions. I will not remind you of the long and rigorous imprisonment he has suffered ; I will not speak to you of his great youth, of his illustrious birth, and of his uniformly animated and generous zeal in Parliament for the Constitution of his countrv.
Page 32 - ... drowning the groans and complaints of the wounded, helpless companions of his glory, he will tempt the seas no more. The Admiralty may press HIS BODY, indeed, at the expense of humanity and the Constitution, but they cannot press his mind — they cannot press the heroic ardour of a British sailor ; and instead of a fleet to carry terror all round the globe, the Admiralty may not be able much longer to amuse us with even the peaceable, unsubstantial pageant of a review.
Page 379 - The liberty of the press consists in printing without any previous license, subject to the consequences of law.
Page 265 - I begin, therefore, by saying again in my own original words, that when a bill of indictment is found, or an information filed, charging any crime or misdemeanor known to the law of England, and the party accused puts himself upon the country by pleading the general issue, not guilty...

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